4⭐️Kent State WR Dante Cephas is now projected to Penn State per On3 pic.twitter.com/vDgAlvA4Aq
— Sidelines Sports Network™ (@Sidelines_SN) December 14, 2022
Cephas, a former Penn Hills high school star who was in the same recruiting class as current Penn State players Daequan Hardy and Tank Smith, had an impressive four-year run with Kent State.
His best season came as a junior in 2021.
Cephas caught 82 passes for 1,240 yards and nine touchdowns. Although his production decreased a bit this past season, Cephas still finished with 744 yards and three touchdowns on 48 catches. He finished his career at Kent State third on the school’s all-time receiving list and fourth in receptions, also catching 12 TDs.
Cephas entered the transfer portal Monday, Dec. 5, the day it opened. He took an official visit to Penn State this past weekend. In addition to On3, 247Sports also predicted Cephas’s arrival at Penn State. Brian Dohn, a national recruiting analyst for 247, predicted Cephas to transfer to Penn State last Friday. Penn State appears to be the clear favorite for Cephas, and the addition would make sense for multiple reasons. Cephas is an in-state product, and Penn Hills is roughly two and a half hours from State College.
Along with Hardy and Smith being high school classmates, Tank Smith’s uncle, Terry Smith, is Penn State’s associate head coach and a respected name in Western Pennsylvania. Penn State also needs help at receiver. With Mitchell Tinsley out of eligibility and Parker Washington recently declaring for the Draft, Penn State’s too returning wideout for 2023 at the moment, KeAndre Lambert Smith, had 265 yards and three touchdowns on 21 catches. Those 265 yards were 346 behind Washington for the team lead. Cephas would give Penn State an established pass catcher who has gone over 1,000 yards at the DI level before.